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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus

A trip through the eastern Caucasus: chapter I: from Tiflis to Nukha,   pp. [1]-29

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river. Nothing could look more charming at a 
Though we drove rapidly through the settlements, 
it was easy to see they have lost something of their 
pristine cleanness and tidiness, and acquired a certain 
slovenliness of exterior.  The population too is no 
longer homogeneous, for both Georgians and Tatars 
have begun to settle there, and in course of time the 
German element will disappear. Here the road takes 
a turn to the right, and with the Iora on our left 
we followed on to Sartachala, where we got a rough 
sort of breakfast. The next stage was over a hot, 
level, cultivated plain, traversed by the Iora, which 
we crossed by a bridge. The country is said to have 
been formerly covered with forest, and the driver 
pointed to a belt of trees in proof of his assertion. 
On the north side of the level ground many villages 
could be seen nestling among the lower slopes of 
the wooded hills which bounded the view in that 
About 2 p.m. we arrived at the post-house of 
Kakobeti, though the town of that name is at some 
distance off. It did not take long to change horses, 
and a short drive of thirteen and a half versts, partly 
over rolling ground, brought the party to Kachreti, 
the fifth station from Tiflis. The station-master said 
there was a short cut to avoid the steep ascent by 
zigzags up to the town and fortress of Signakh, and 
gave the necessary directions to the driver. Accord- 
ingly, after a drive up and down hill between fields of 
ripe corn, part of which was cut, we turned sharp to 

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